Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Kids Say the Darndest

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by Viveca

Leprechaun

Since February, I’ve been teaching circus skills to kids on the road. Sometimes they say funny things. Here are a few of my recent favorite conversations. 1. Me (gesturing to a trunk): “Please sit down on that chair.” Kid: “That’s not a chair.” The kid sits down on the trunk. Me: “Well, are you sitting […]

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High Five, Wi-Fi, & Dares

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Pedro Friedeberg hand chair

I have a hillbilly friend who stays here once a year for the unicycle festival. I also have an old wooden chair shaped like a hand. It was my grandmother’s. In my family we call it the hand chair. Among my friends we call the hillbilly either Kentucky John or Boomhauer, because he talks like […]

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Directions & Perspective

Posted on April 14th, 2012 by Viveca

school backpack on hook

For a while now I’ve been eying some of the brightly patterned back packs my students carry. Today one girl let me check hers for tags, but I couldn’t find a brand. I asked her whether she knew where she got it, and to my surprise she said she did. I asked where. She’s in […]

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Poetry is Fancy

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Viveca

Sparkly Book

My sister, who teaches high school English, had to leave home for a meeting with a visiting poet. Her young daughter asked, “What’s the meeting about?” My sister answered, “Poetry.” “What’s poetry, mommy?” How do you explain poetry to a child whose stories all rhyme? My sister answered, “It’s when you take nice words and […]

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